T-Roc Cabriolet (Image: VW)
Volkswagen has started production of the T-Roc Cabriolet in its plant in Osnabrück, a facility that has a long-standing pedigree, having started existence in the early 20th century as a Karrmann manufacturing operation. And today the plant is also manufacturing the Porsche Cayman.
According to Andreas Tostmann, Volkswagen Management Board Member for Production, “Production, assembly and logistics have been extensively modernized for a high double-digit million euro amount and are of an excellent standard.
“Over the next five years too we will be investing further in the site on a similar scale – predominantly in the production of the T-Roc Cabriolet.”
It is worth noting that this is the Volkswagen brand’s only convertible.
2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. (Image: Nissan)
But when we think back to the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, Mr. Tostmann’s optimism seems rather, well, optimistic.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.